My skin looks like fish scales. What can I do for this?

The skin plays a very prominent role in not only a persons aesthetic appeal, but from a medical point of view as well. Not many people are aware of the fact that the condition of your skin can provide a trained eye with a lot of information about the overall health of your body. This is mainly because the skin will very often react to some underlying condition and reflect some of its symptoms. Some of the more common conditions that fall into this category include an underactive thyroid, complications of the skin as a result of diabetes, a reaction to certain medications such as diuretics and antihistamines. Some people may also suffer from dry skin as a result of genetics where the condition has been passed down through generations within the same blood line. Environmental conditions, especially in its extremes contribute heavily to the occurrence of dry skin. It is also important to follow a well balanced diet with the correct amount of vitamin A and vitamin B content to avoid the onset of dry skin. At the end of the day, it is essential to remember that anything that can cause your skin to lose its moisture is likely to cause dry skin. This is one of the main reasons that the sebaceous glands lying under the skin produce the sebum oil, as they not only lubricate the skin, but also provide thin protective film over the skin, preventing excess evaporation.

There are a number of creams and lotions readily available in the market that you could try which are known to be extremely efficient. However, you could also try some natural treatment options that are likely to be as effective, as well as have a longer impact. For example, you could try making a paste using one teaspoon of egg yolk, 2 teaspoons of milk powder and about one teaspoon of honey which should be applied to the face and neck or any other affected parts of the skin. Allow the paste to dry for about 15 minutes before washing it off with the help of some cold water. Mixing one teaspoon of lemon with another teaspoon of avocado and applying it over the affected areas of the skin for about 20 to 30 minutes will help clear the skin and remove any dry skin present. It is important to remember to exfoliate your skin on a regular basis as it helps remove any stagnant dry skin that prevents the younger, newer cells from coming to the fore.

answered by M W

Your description reveals that your skin is suffering from a case of extreme and excessive dryness. In order to take care of this problem effectively, you should concentrate on deeply moisturizing your skin. What you need to do is saturate your skin with oils till it can take no more of the greasiness. You should not only add some amount of oily richness to your food, you should also try for topical application as much as you can. To begin with, you need to follow a proper daily routine of moisturization. It is best to do this after your morning bath. Cream or moisturizer applied at this time will stay with you for the whole day. In the beginning, you would need to apply cream or oil to your whole body completely and totally at least thrice a day. While this may seem particularly time consuming, please be assured that the results are more than worth the time and trouble you may be taking. For a whole week, you should slowly and meticulously apply cream to your whole body as soon as you get out of a bath. This is usually the best time also because your skin has opened up all its pores while you were bathing. Anything you apply immediately after a bath will penetrate deep inside your skin and will stay there for a good amount of time. You should also make it a rule to start using soaps that contain some amount of oil for your skin.

You should repeat the application in the afternoon and then again at night. If possible, try to bathe at night and then apply the cream. This will show better results than if you simply apply the cream without a bath. You should try to choose a heavy moisturizing cream for this purpose. Do not go for grease free options. Looks for labels that promise "deep hydration" or "intense moisturization". These will work best for you. You need to do this for a whole week before you try to change to another cream. If creams do not seem to be working for you, you can try to apply oil to your body. Olive, coconut or mustard oil are the best options you have for this purpose. Just bear in mind that both coconut oil as well as mustard oil has a very strong odor and this will rub off on your clothes as well.

answered by G R

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